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The Here And The Now

An album by Sam & Ruby

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A Promising Start

  • Apr 15, 2010
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Sam & Ruby's debut album "The Here And Now" that this is a duo with potential if nothing else. With some slightly better material I think these two can be a singing duo much like Sony & Cher where the vocals blend so well it's scary and the songs catch on. "The Here And Now" is a very enjoy debut album. Trust me, as far as debut's go you can do far worse then this. It has a nice, calm, almost soothing album, that mixes jazz, folk, and pop in ways that are both interesting and pleasant to the ear. Though the album starts off with the weak "What Do I Know" - the only track that is a solo track (Ruby sings it) - the album picks up with nice harmonies and melodies.

The only reason the album is rated higher is because little of it is truly memorable stuff that you'll be listening to when the album is finished. It's like cotton candy is that it's sweet while it lasts, but there's no filling to it. What is here though works, just not on any higher level. The album feels like a more polished demo recording: It sounds great, but you know that the artist is capable of producing so much better then what they have. For many who buy this it won't be a revolutionary experience by any stretch of the imagination, but I think most people will find this nice to listen to while on a picnic or just lying around the house. I greatly look forward to their next album.

Grade: *** stars

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review by . September 24, 2009
posted in Music Matters
There is nothing extraordinary or exceptional about the simple melodies and vocals on this CD, but you rarely find artists who can do what Sam & Ruby do, combine lots of average ingredients and come out with something so far above average it pulls at your heart. The art of song writing as poetry is all but lost, but the beauty of the lyrics presented to us by Sam & Ruby restore my hope that this art form is still alive and well. Each song is a story, some of love, some of heartbreak, some of joy …
review by . September 22, 2009
No matter how many times I listened to this CD I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it enough to play it without being forced. For me the voices of both Sam and Ruby are unremarkable and at times painfully monotone. The only tracks that didn't have me looking for the fast forward button were "Won't Let You Go" and "What Do I Do Now". If they had ventured out to this sound a little more I probably would have liked it enough to add onto my iPod.    I know that this is their first …
review by . September 17, 2009
Nashville-based duo Sam & Ruby's frosh CD is a mash-up on no less than 4 different music genres that include but not limited to: pop/country/R&B/folk. The two standout cuts from the CD are the 1st song "What Do I Do Now?" that could be a one hit wonder and which is BY FAR the strongest cut on the disc and coming in a distant 2nd would be "Heaven's My Home".    Sam and Ruby have about an equal amount of talent so neither one outshines the other. They each have pleasant, although …
review by . August 30, 2009
Performance B; Recording Quality C+    There is something to really like about this album. For the person who likes current pop music, Sam and Ruby have fine, likeable voices, and the tunes and lyrics are catchy. Sam's phrasing and comfort within himself are make this a very easy album to listen to, and Ruby has a good range and good control over it. It sounds as though she would have an excellent blues or jazz voice, but in some of the numbers she has an identity problem, electing …
review by . August 25, 2009
After listening to Sam & Ruby's "The Here and the Now" I have to say that it was just okay. It's easy listening, a mix between country, folk with a dash of acoustics. It's coffee shop music; very light, background music that isn't very distracting but isn't very distinctive, either. With so many artist today relying too much on special effects like auto tune and synthesizers and other tricks to spice up their music, it was nice not hear that on 'The Here and the Now'.    The …
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Like many classic couples before them Marvin and Tammi, Johnny and June, Gram and Emmylou Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu find a synergy and affinity that surmounts disingenuousness. This pair navigates a wide divide, from the seductive soul of Too Much and Ain t Love Something to the rootsier realms of The Suitcase Song and Need Me Less. While most of the songs dabble in softer hues, the supple arrangements a hint of violins on Heaven s My Home, a bit of brass on Too Much vary the shadings and add to the allure. --Performing Songwriter, June 2009
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Label: Rykodisc
Artist: Sam & Ruby
Release Date: August 11, 2009

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